5 August 2018

Advantages and disadvantages of floppy disk

A floppy disk is a magnetic storage medium for a computer system. This article gives information about the advantages and disadvantages of a floppy disk.

Advantages of a floppy disk :
  • Floppy disks are Small and lightweight.
  • Easy to carry
  • Floppy disks are generally Cheap
  • Easy to transport and handle
  • Data on a floppy disk device can be write-protected from being changed accidentally
  • Floppy disk can be used to transfer data from one computer to another computer
  • Portable and inexpensive
  • Data on a floppy disk can be accessed randomly manner
  • Useful for transferring a small file
  • Security tab to stop data from being overwritten
Disadvantages of a floppy disk :
  • Easy to be damaged
  • The access time of floppy disks low
  • They have to handle more carefully
  • Floppies can be affected by heat
  • Small storage capacity
  • Also limited capacity
  • Many new computers don't have any floppy disk drive
  • Data can be erased if the disk comes into contact with a magnetic field side
  • Slow to access and retrieve data when compared to a hard-disk device

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